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“Stunning Scenery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch
HC77, Box 11, Abiquiu, NM 87510
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Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Abiquiu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: In a land of shifting light, boundless skies and fused culture, the 21,000 acre Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in northern New Mexico is a place for renewal and retreat. The towering rock walls and vivid colors hold a hypnotic power. This is O’Keeffe Country.Visitors to Ghost Ranch will feel they’ve stepped back in time to days before the bells and whistles of technology vied relentlessly for our attention. People from all over the world come for spiritual development, to discuss issues of peace and justice, to work together in creation care, to paint, write poetry, to hike, ride horseback, to research globally renowned archaeological and fossil quarries… or simply to rest and renew their spirits. With over 300 courses each year, Ghost Ranch provides affordable ways to enrich your mind, body and soul.Available for overnight lodging as well, Ghost Ranch offers rustic , yet comfortable accomodations at a variety of price ranges to fit your budget. Our campground is open mid-May through early October.The Georgia O’Keeffe at Ghost Ranch Landscape Tour brings guests to a restricted area of the ranch to the scenes and actual locations of O’Keeffe’s paintings. O’Keeffe Landscape Tours are available mid-March through late-November. Reservations are required.
Colden, New York
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“Stunning Scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Has to be the most stunning scenery around. Can understand why Georgia O'Keefe painted here. Even if you don't hike any trail, the views are spectacular. We made it to about 50 feet from the top of Chimney Rock, steepness and rocks kept us from going to top. Even if you only make it up the first rise, the view over the valley to the lake and Chimney Rock are worth it. Quite a bit of the path is on the edge of the cliff or steep and rocky. A walking stick helps. Check in at the visitor center before starting out, they take info in case you don't return.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful setting, great hike options”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Since we only had one morning to visit, we opted to just do the Chimney Rock hike as it promised the best views (frankly, I'd rather have done the more strenuous Kitchen Mesa hike and will return for that as well). It did not disappoint. Checking in at the visitor center was friendly and appropriate. We signed into a log so the volunteers would know what hike we were taking and if we made it back.

The hike itself was great. Trail was easy to follow, uncrowded and the view from the top was amazing. 360 degrees of fabulous. Thankfully there was also a pleasant breeze at the top as well.

Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes. I definitely recommend this hike and a visit to Ghost Ranch.

Visited August 2013
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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“Beautiful and remote”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Go for the scenery and solitude. There are also tours of the locations Georgia O'Keeffe painted, horseback riding, hiking into the adjacent National Forest, and adorable burros to pet. Basic lodging and meals are available. Don't miss the little museums, home to the New Mexico state fossil.

Visited September 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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“Well-organized, great trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This is a beautiful site. It is *not* Georgia O'Keefe's home but is well worth the visit. There are a few hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels. The views are spectacular. Register at the visitor's center (no cost). There are facilities here to spend the night as well as bathrooms, gift shop and a small convenience store. And some great dinosaur bones in the small museum. We met international travelers also hiking. The volunteers/staff were helpful. Really enjoyed the trip.

Visited July 2013
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“Went horseback riding at Ghost Ranch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Ghost Ranch is well worth the visit, for hiking, riding, whatever you choose. My husband went out on a guided horseback ride, just the two of us, it was amazing. We had a younger girl for a guide, but she was excellent with the horses and very friendly. The scenery at Ghost Ranch is just beautiful. Now rides here are a bit more expensive than some other places that offer riding, but we would recommend doing it once, just to see the scenery here. We have a great time. You can see the cabin used in the Billy Crystal movie, City Slickers, on the property. Other portions of Westerns have been filmed here too.

Visited September 2012
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